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REPORT FROM LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA: Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore

Our reporter at the Venice Biennale describes a breathtaking installation based on archangels in the Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore.

PREVIEW: Berkshire Lyric presents Bruckner’s Mass in F minor, Brahms’ Nänie, Arvo Pärt’s ‘Da pacem Domine’ Sunday, June 2, at Ozawa Hall

Bruckner studied Mozart's Requiem assiduously, and the craftsmanship of his harmonic writing in this mass reflects it.

Grief and comedy? Huh?

“I can’t control what happens to me,” South Africa’s Archbishop Desmond Tutu once told me several years ago, “but I can control how I respond to it.”

PREVIEW: Berkshire Choral International to perform Tallis, Haydn, Bernstein, and more at Ozawa Hall on May 26

Tallis' "O Nata Lux" has inspired countless choristers through the centuries. Choral music can't possibly get any better.

Why we all need an unflinching eye

Documentary "Jamie Wyeth and the Unflinching Eye" screens at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center on Sunday, June 2 as part of the Berkshire International Film Festival.

THEATER REVIEW: ‘4,000 Miles’ plays at Berkshire Theatre Group’s Unicorn Theater through June 1

An astute director of documentaries, Lizzie Gottlieb has seemingly approached this material as another documentary, thereby missing the playwright’s intention to create a picture of how these two characters would approach their personal traumas.

PREVIEW: West Stockbridge Chamber Players’ Spring Concert on May 26, a celebration of the town’s 250th birthday

The West Stockbridge Chamber Players, by giving many benefit performances over the years, have helped the West Stockbridge Historical Society restore the Old Town Hall and turn it into a community gathering place, museum, and performance venue.

PREVIEW: Aston Magna Family Day at Saint James Place, Saturday, May 25

It is commonplace for children to experience private epiphanies simply by holding a musical instrument in their hands for the first time.

Poems inspired by paintings

Today we explore examples of “ekphrastic,” which means “creative writing inspired by visual art.”

AT THE TRIPLEX: Back to the biopics

If it’s so hard to get a biopic right, why try at all? The obvious answer is a cynical one: Biopics are perennial awards favorites and often an actor’s best bet to secure an Oscar.

PREVIEW: Birch Festival, May 18–20, features an all-star band performing Stravinsky’s ‘Soldier’s Tale’

The "Danse du diable" delivers all the wit, thrills, and adventure you hope for in a Stravinsky piece, and hearing this particular group of musicians perform it is sure to be a satisfying experience.

How will ‘The Apprentice’ fare at the box office?

A biopic about Donald Trump premieres at Cannes next week.

FILM REVIEW: ‘Terrestrial Verses’ directed by Ali Asgari and Alireza Khatami

Created by writer-directors Ali Asgari and Alireza Khatami, the film can be quietly devastating, if at times repetitive and humdrum. Still it successfully captures the absurdity, hypocrisy, and inhumanity of having to live under the Iranian regime.

REVIEW: Orkney fiddler Louise Bichan wows Foundry crowd in West Stockbridge

Bichan's writing is full of clever twists and turns, unexpected key changes, and intricate ensemble figures that, together, seem at times to reflect jazz influences.

THEATER REVIEW: ‘Uncle Vanya’ plays at Bridge Street Theatre in Catskill, N.Y. through May 19

Chekhov gets a first-rate treatment by the Bridge Street company, and the show is quite worthy of your attention. But do stay for the second act; it is worth the time, believe me.